It is impossible to focus on the task at hand with spots and streaks on your lenses. Dirty glasses can also have a negative impact on your health: bacteria can grow on nose pads and ear clips of glasses and lead to staph infections other skin problems, according to a study from 2018. That is why it is best to clean and disinfect your glasses regularly. By Clean your lenses daily and frame weeklyThey see more clearly and are less susceptible to bacteria-causing infections. Not sure where to start? Take a tip from Carolyn Forte, director of Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning laboratory, on the right track to clean glasses without damaging them.
How to clean and disinfect glasses
The microfiber cloth that comes with most glasses cases is just the beginning: follow this three-step approach to remove annoying stains, streaks, or marks on your lenses and disinfect frames made of different materials.
- Rinse the lenses with lukewarm water to remove dirt or grime from the surface. If you have polycarbonate lenses or lenses with coatings, use a glasses-specific spray like Koala Kleaner. Otherwise, try gentle dishwashing detergents like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap if your lenses are greasy. Avoid detergents that contain lotions or similar moisturizing ingredients.
- Dry the lenses thoroughly with a soft Microfiber fabric or a Cloth especially for lenses.
- Run a Clorox disinfectant wipe along the frame to kill germs on the ear and nose pieces.
If you are often on the go with smeared glasses, stow a pack Care Touch Lens wipes in your car or wallet. While these individually wrapped wipes don’t clean and disinfect as well as the three-step method, they’re a good option if you’re in need.
This will prevent scratches on your glasses during cleaning
We got it: Sometimes you don’t have glasses wipes on hand or you can’t wash your lenses with detergent. If you are not using the right products, there is a high probability that you can damage your lenses and frames in the long term. Do not use acetone products (think nail polish remover) to clean the lenses, or wipe dry lenses with paper towels, handkerchiefs, or the fabric of your shirt.